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A Child’s Goodbye by Ali Mercer

Title:  A Child’s Goodbye

Author:   Ali Mercer

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Day:  March 28th 2023 

Buy Link:       


My Review:

OMG - what a totally, compelling, heart rending read!!
Don't read my review - it is this book you need.
But have the tissues ready on standby, too,
In case, like me, it really affects you.

A story told from different points of view
Sharing events from the past and things that are new.
With family dramas, revelations and more,
A moving read, the kind I adore.

Such an emotive read, the sort that stays
Fresh in your memory for months/years not days.
Beautifully shared, an utter pleasure to read
Poignant, soul-stirring, so sensitive indeed.

I don't like to share spoilers and won't do so
I can't recommend this book highly - hope you'll give it a go.
For my complementary copy, I say thank you,
As I share with you this, my honest review.


All I remember is the screeching of brakes and the sound of tyres swerving on tarmac. The last thing that crossed my mind was my beautiful boy Billy, waiting alone at the school gates…

When I found out I was pregnant I couldn’t have been happier. Ever since my own father died, I’d felt utterly lost. But you changed everything. Finally, I had found my purpose: to be the best mother I could be.

But I couldn’t – wouldn’t – tell anyone who your father was. I could never forget the look in his eyes that day. The betrayal written across his face. All the things we didn’t say, and the secret that tore us apart.

I thought I was hiding the truth to protect us. But now as I lie in this hospital ward, my life hanging in the balance, blinking in the bright white lights, all I can think about is how that man, your dad, could be your only hope… but how can I save us when it already seems too late? Or will I be just in time to reunite our family?

Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt will be swept away by this heartbreaking, totally gripping page-turner about motherhood, grief and a family torn apart by secrets.

Author Bio:

Ali decided she wanted to be a writer early on and wrote her first novel when she was at primary school. She did an English degree and spent her early twenties working in various jobs in journalism, including as a reporter for the showbusiness newspaper The Stage. She started writing fiction in earnest after getting married, moving out of London to the Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon and starting a family. She has two children, a daughter and a son who is autistic and was diagnosed when he was four years old.

Ali is fascinated by families, their myths and secrets, and the forces that hold them together, split them up and (sometimes) bring them back together again. She always travels with tissues and a book and has been known to cry over a good story, but is also a big fan of the hopeful ending.

Author Social Media Links:

For updates and pictures, follow Ali on Twitter (@AlisonLMercer) or Instagram (@alimercerwriter), or on her Facebook page (AliMercerwriter)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AliMercerwriter/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/alisonlmercer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alimercerwriter/

Bookouture Email Sign Up:https://www.bookouture.com/ali-mercer

Website: https://alimercerwriter.com/

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